The Jaguar and Land Rover Turnaround

I was pleased to read the New York Times recent article “Tata Motors Finds Success in Jaguar Land Rover”. The article describes the turnaround of the troubled England based manufacturer of Jaguars and Land Rovers by Tata Motors an automobile manufacturer headquartered in India. Tata purchased the company from Ford Motor Company in 2008. The […]

Outsourcing from China – Avoiding this Horror Story

A recent article in Manufacturing News described the outsourcing horror story that has engulfed Fellowes Inc. The large paper shredder manufacturer has suffered a significant loss in China. A Chinese joint venture partner stole Fellowes Inc.’s proprietary assets and forced the operation into bankruptcy. The estimated cost is valued at a $100 million. Now the […]

China to surpass USA as World Leader in manufacturing?

The headline in a June 2010 Financial Times article was bothersome. It chronicled “US Manufacturing Crown Slips”. In summary, the article reported: “The US remained the world’s biggest manufacturing nation by output last year, but is poised to relinquish this slot in 2011 to China – thus ending a 110-year run as the number one country […]

Where is China Heading?

Mark Leonard’s book “What Does China Think?” presents China’s challenges and struggles with some surprising priorities its leaders have set to correct them. For the first time in China’s history its 11th five-year plan does not list economic growth as its first priority. The plan: “put people first”…“respecting the natural environment”…introduces a Scandinavian model of social welfare […]

India – What hinders its development?

Some thoughts on the interesting book “In Spite of the Gods – The Strange Rise of Modern India” by Edward Luce, the former Financial Times’ Washington Bureau Chief. He was the FTs’ South Asia Bureau Chief based in New Delhi. While his conclusion is that India will become an economic super power, its many negatives will […]

China’s Achilles’ heel – Obstacles to Low Cost

Several issues negative to China as a solid, long-term base for low-cost manufacturing are becoming apparent: Efficiency & Productivity: A company I’m working on is in the process of acquiring a China based digital electronics manufacturing company.  In the search for an acquisition candidate, I visited twenty-four manufacturing companies.  A large number of them were […]

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